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Day: January 28, 2010

Cute Squirrel Anecdotes Turned Outright Cyber-brawl

After a fun fact about squirrels was posted on the Penn State Facebook page, nuts got smashed. Apparent Notre Dame students/supporters with not a whole hell of a lot else to do on a Tuesday afternoon caused a ruckus...via Facebook.

Penn State students began sharing their personal stories regarding the large presence of squirrels, when a certain kid who shall be referred to as "Gus" (oh, wait, that's his real name) began attacking Penn State's football team (the initial comment has since been deleted). So much for squirrels.

Clearly he didn't shift his eyes toward the bottom left of his screen where he would have found this set of Page Policies:

Penn State's Facebook page encourages active discussion and sharing of information and thoughts. However, content that includes profanity, personal attacks, commercial promotions, election campaign materials or is otherwise deemed inappropriate will be deleted by the page administrators.

Unfortunately, some don't follow the rules, destroying what would otherwise be a great tool for Penn State to receive student feedback.

How does a discussion about squirrels lead to a series of nasty comments from a prepubescent diehard Notre Dame fan? Surely I don't know.

Relief for Haitian Students

Yesterday the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced a new emergency grant program for Haitian students studying in the U.S. The grant, called Haiti-EAS (Emergency Assistance for Students), will provide $2000 to those who have been impacted financially by the crisis in Haiti, are studying at an accredited U.S. university, and are a citizen of Haiti.

These funds, however, are only available to students if colleges and universities apply on their behalf. IIE requires a campus' International Student Adviser or equivalent administrator to submit applications by February 12. While the University Office of Global Programs here at Penn State is already working to help those affected by the earthquake, we hope they take advantage of this opportunity to help our own students.

If you want to contribute to the IIE's grant program, donations can be made here. Where it says "Direct my gift to," fill in Haiti-EAS to make sure your donation goes to the right place.

Ice Cream 101

Have you always wanted to rival the Creamery with your ice-cream-making prowess? Your chance has arisen!

This weekend, the College of Agricultural Sciences is hosting "Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Desserts," a compact course that teaches the basics of ice cream composition, formulation, and processing.

Taught by past and present Penn State faculty, the course involves both lectures and hands-on exercises. According to the website, ice cream lovers, small-business owners, and entrepreneurs are welcome to attend.

When: Saturday, 7:45 am - Sunday, 5:30 pm

Where: Agricultural Science and Industries Building

Cost: $695

Yes, this two-day class actually costs $695. But if you truly love frozen flavored pasteurized homogenized bovine mammary secretions, it's worth every penny.

(Insert Name Here) Palooza

As I'm sure you all remember, the most important thing on students' minds last spring was not finals, term papers, or tanning in the quad (ed. note: we have quads?). It was whether Asher Roth was the right choice to headline Wallypallooza.

This year, though the UPUA is determined to organize another pre-finals music festival, the name is very much undecided. Since Mike Wallace resigned from his position as UPUA Programming Chairman, naming the festival after him makes even less sense than it did last year. Though Leanna Usnik has taken over the position, Usnikpalooza just does not have quite as good a ring

What should the new festival be called? Read on to find out a few other people we could name it after:

Football Tickets to Cost Less – Or More

Good news! If you are planning on getting season tickets for the 2010 football season, you'll be paying less than you did in 2009. But that's only if you buy tickets for all the games; single game tickets will cost more. Confused?

The per game price for public and student season tickets will remain unchanged at $55 and $29 per game, respectively. All season ticket holders will pay less in total for their seats in 2010, since seven games are scheduled for Beaver Stadium this fall compared to eight in 2009. Single game ticket prices will increase $3 to $67 per ticket for the 2010 season.

Overheard on Twitter: Flogging Molly at the HUB

Who all is interested in going to this show? It's a shame it isn't on State Patty's Day, but who cares?

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